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Green Sanctuary

Green Sanctuary Committee Charter

The Green Sanctuary Committee was approved by the Standing Committee in the spring of 2011 as a new Annual Committee, whose purpose is to guide our congregation through the process of attaining Green Sanctuary Status through the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).  The following Charter was presented and approved.  

The Green Sanctuary Committee will be established to help the Winchester Unitarian Society pursue the part of its mission in the area of environmental responsibility and to further affirm and promote the UU seventh principle, “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”

· To provide programs for both the Congregation and the wider community that will help integrate the UU Seventh Principle into our lives, both practically and spiritually.
· To guide the Congregation’s effort to seek and thereafter maintain accreditation as a Green Sanctuary.

Specific Objectives
• Build awareness of societal environmental issues among our congregants specifically and the community in general.
• Generate commitment for personal lifestyle changes.
• Motivate congregants to community action on environmental issues.
• Build a connection between spiritual practice and environmental consciousness.
• Build awareness of and help rectify environmental injustices.
• Celebrate and encourage our congregation’s implementation of sustainable practices and energy-use reductions.
• Attract new congregants who are interested in eco-spirituality, environmental issues, or sustainable living.

It is our intention to gain and maintain accreditation as a Green Sanctuary and through our efforts in the areas of eco-spirituality, environmental issues, and sustainable living through the ongoing efforts of the Winchester Unitarian Society Green Sanctuary Committee. 

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Previous Speakers:

March 8th

Our Environmental Spirituality: A Shared Discussion

George Wood, moderator

Excerpts from Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical on Climate Change. This profound statement from the leader of the Catholic church reflects strongly our shared understanding of the Interdependent Web of Life and the impact of human behavior on the ecosys-tem of our Earth. The broad themes outlined by Pope Francis which we may discuss include:

The Divine in Nature
The Distraction of Materialism
The Culture of Waste
The Poor Are the Victims
Over-Stimulation and Mental Clutter
Cultivating Sound Virtues

We will create together a sacred space to speak our own responses to these themes and to listen deeply to one another.
The evening will include a guided meditation on nature. We invite everyone to bring in something of nature that has meaning for you.

February 9th

Innovative Practices in Australian Businesses

Sheila Puffer

Insights from on-site study of companies in Sydney and Brisbane, Australia that have implemented innovative sustainability practices in various industries.

January 12th

Fertilizer From Urine: Transforming a Major Water Pollutant Into a Resource for Sustainable Agriculture

Kim Nace

Discussion of the enormous potential for water, energy and environmental savings by separating urine from the waste stream with new sanitary technologies. 

December 12th

"CO2 by the Numbers

View the Powerpoint presentation by Pete Baldwin from Dec. 8th's lecture!

Most of us rely on the media’s summary statements to understand global warming and the role of CO2.  Mr. Baldwin will offer us a deeper look into this issue, examining the data behind these claims in an effort to better understand what is being said and why. The discussion will provide insights into global energy consumption patterns and resulting emissions data, as well as current regulatory initiatives including an assessment of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.  He will also provide a data-based understanding of the choices available to mitigate the effects of CO2 on the climate.

Carbon Dioxide Presentation

Composting at WUS: 

September 2013

 June 2014